HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 12, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
With the Mid-Summer Classic just less than a month away, time is running out for fans to vote for their favorite players to earn starting nods in the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis.
As of now, no Texas Rangers position players look to be in line to get starting nods, and barring a miracle, that won't change. Of course, Yu Darvish has a chance to start the game for the American League — an honor chosen by the AL manager, and is largely at the mercy of the worthy pitchers' schedules.
Right now, the closest Ranger, as far as ranking goes, to starting in the game is third baseman Adrian Beltre. He is in second place among AL third basemen, but more than a million votes behind Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson.
The closest in number to getting starting nods are outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios, who are currently 11th and 12th, respectively, with the top three earning starting nods. Currently, those top three spots belong to Jose Bautista, Mike Trout and Melky Cabrera, but the Rangers' duo is just 850,000 votes out of the No. 3 spot.
Rios and Beltre deserve a spot on the All-Star Team, and despite his current slump, Choo probably does, too. As for pitchers, which are chosen by the manager, Darvish and Joakim Soria belong on the team.
Who do you think makes the cut?